Spring Semester 2003. English 12 - 160
Studies in Chaucer
MWF 11am
Brother Anthony (An Sonjae)

This course introduces some of Chaucer's writings. All the lectures, class presentations, discussions, and reports will be in English.

March 3-7  Week 1 Introduction to the Middle Ages and Chaucer  (No class on Friday -- Mass)
March 10-14 Week 2 The General Prologue to the Canterbury Tales (Text with notes) (Hear it being read) (General Introduction) (Extracts in modernized spelling) (Edwin Duncan's online text with pop-up translations and notes for Netscape / Explorer)
March 17-21 Week 3 (The General Prologue continued)
March 24-28 Week 4  The Knight's Tale (Full text) (Abbreviated text)
March 31-April 4 Week 5   (continued)
April 7-11 Week 6  The Miller's Tale  (Text) (General Introduction)
April 14-18 Week 7 (continued) (no class Good Friday)

April 16-21 Week 8  Mid-term Exams

April 28-May 2 Week 9 The Nun's Priest's Tale (Text) (Article) (General Introduction)
May 5-9 Week 10 No classes this week
May 12-16 Week 11  The Wife of BathPrologue and Tale (General Introduction)
May 19-23 Week 12 (continued)
May 26-30 Week 13 The Pardoner's Introduction, Prologue and Tale (General Introduction)
June2-6 Week 14 (continued) (no class Friday)
June 9- Week 15 Conclusions

June 12- Final Exams

Teaching Method

Lectures 60%, small-group discussion 30%, class presentations 10%.


For the Canterbury Tales: Brother Anthony (¾È¼±Àç) and Lee Dong-Chun (À̵¿Ãá), Textual Criticism of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales (SNU Press) This contains the text, together with introductions and notes in Korean.

Texts for all but the Knight's Tale will also be found in the Norton Anthology of English Literature Part 1. The Knight's Tale can be printed out using the link above.

Brother Anthony's Literature in English Society Part 1: The Middle Ages (Sogang University Press)

Students are strongly encouraged to read most of Brother Anthony's book during the winter vacation, in preparation, especially the chapter dealing with Chaucer in his European context (pages 115 - 154). Parts of Brother Anthony's Home Page may  be of help: especially one with an introduction to Chaucer (including the Canterbury Tales) and one with a variety of materials about some other medieval texts. Any student really interested will also explore the resources listed on his Medieval Resources page.

Major Topics

* The social and individual (moral) aspects of the portraits in the General Prologue. The ways in which the narrator influences (and does not influence) readers' responses to the various pilgrims.
* The influence of Boethius (Consolation of Philosophy) and the question of destiny and human freedom in the Knight's Tale. The way in which the pre-Christian setting affects our reading.
* The contrast between the idealized love of the Knight's Tale and the frankly physical desire of the Miller's Tale.
* The confusing rhetoric of the Nun's Priest's Tale and the question of how an audience is to find the 'moral' of a story.
* The anti-feminist attitude to women expressed in (or challenged in) the Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale.
* The relationship between the Christian message and the people working in and for the Church in the General Prologue and the Pardoner's Prologue / Tale


Each student will prepare a Research File with pictures and (handwritten) text about the society and culture of England in the 14th century ("Backgrounds to Chaucer") for submission in the 12th week of semester.

For the Midterm Evaluation, each student will write a report about the contrast between the Knight's Tale and the Miller's Tale (due on the Monday after the exams). Students who will be away on teaching practice should write a report about the main themes of the Knight's Tale and submit it before they leave.

Each student will prepare a final report of some length (due on the Monday after the exams), discussing the main themes of three of the Tales we study, treating each Tale separately before a final section comparing the three.


In addition to the above assignments, there will be a midterm and a final examination. Each exam and report will be of equal importance, the Scrapbook will be equal to 50% of a report..